Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tevez set to quit City: His transfer to the "Bitters" was never just about money..

This blog slaughtered Manchester United and Ferguson for their bungled attempts at retaining the services of Carlos Tevez, who, as we all know, moved on to Manchester City in what turned out to be a very acrimonious transfer.

In the days and weeks that followed the Argentine's move to the club's bitter rivals back in 2009, somewhat predictably, news of the striker's defection to City provoked a mixed reaction from some United supporters "..he wasn't that good anyway", or "..he wasn't worth £25m" and finally "...he's just a greedy b*stard". Ferguson himself didn't help when hinting that Tevez was little more than a trier.

Well, since then, Tevez has silenced those who questioned his worth. United fans might not like it, but the Argentine has proved to be worth every penny of the then reported £25m asking price. Tevez has scored more league goals than Rooney over the last two seasons; City are above United in the table, but hopefully that situation will change following Monday night's clash with Arsenal when they visit Old Trafford.

As for Tevez, reports claim he has handed in a transfer request, because he is homesick. City have rejected his written request and Tevez has reportedly turned down wages of £250,000 a week. As we stated on this blog at the time, his move to City was never just about the money...

Tevez left United because Ferguson didn't commit to signing the player when he has ample opportunities to do so and instead he signed Berbatov, who last season scored 12 league goals compared to 23 from Tevez. Tevez also felt under valued by his manager, he found himself on the bench on many occasions, but no matter what, he always gave 100%. Tevez never openly sulked, during his time at Old Trafford. Ironically, the Argentine has had several touch-line spats with his new manager at City.

Tevez, has proven Ferguson and those United fans who questioned his worth wrong, so much so that only a revisionist would argue otherwise.

10 comments:

  1. Thought the headline would lead me to a outpouring of bile from a rag. Instead I found an intelligent and truthful piece, that would make Scott The Red shake his head in anger. I'm a blue, hope Carlito stays...

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  2. My views are often not universally accepted by United fans, but I don't actually care, because I write it how I see it. Allowing Tevez to leave and signing Berbatov before the future of Tevez was wrapped up was a major mistake and as I've already stated only a revisionist would argue otherwise.

    I think Tevez will quit City and I hope it happens because quite obviously, he is key to your chances of success. As a blue you wouldn't expect anything else from a Red...

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  3. This post makes me sick to my stomach.

    "Tevez, has proven Ferguson and those United fans who questioned his worth wrong, so much so that only a revisionist would argue otherwise."

    Say what?

    I understand that there can be a different opinion, sometimes the one it's better to be reckoned with, the one you should respect etc. I understand that. But what I can't understand is when you post a piece of... like above and say that you have to be an idiot to disagree with it (you meant that, didn't you?). I might even say, James, that things like these make your blog suck at times. I wouldn't even bother, but I like your attitude to keep your head and be a bit critical even when we're talking about this Club of ours.

    It seems like you don't understand some simple things. Like: no one questions his skills. He's actually a good player, not far from a great one, one might say. But he's a big [bad word] - and I don't mean maybe. Then, don't you see the difference bewteen 'not just about money' and 'not about money [at all]'? Because it seems extrodinary important for that matter.

    Instead of fighting for his place in the squad, just like the other guys, he made a grim face, gave some outrageous comments (maybe he was thinking that no one would notice the U-turn - these argentino boys, huh?), and left us for our bitter rivals for a good pile of money. He could stay - don't even try to argue with that. He could went somewhere else. But he decided to behave like a [bad word] and leave. To City! Leave for money among other things.

    "City have rejected his written request and Tevez has reportedly turned down wages of £250,000 a week. As we stated on this blog at the time, his move to City was never just about the money..."

    Oh, really? Let's see what MC official cite can tell us:

    "The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos' stated position in both public and club contexts. Significantly, over recent months, the Club has also received numerous requests from Carlos’ representative to renegotiate and improve his playing contract as well as more recently a request to extend that contract by another year."

    And you're just grasping at straws, pretending that everything's ok, using the fake causes and motivations, which, therefore, lead to the false conclusions. You better stop this now, buddy.

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  4. Denis,

    When I posted this blog post, as far as I know, City hadn't released that statement, with that stated, my points were actually directed more at those who questioned his worth when he decided to leave United.

    My criticism of Ferguson stands, because his "not worth £25m" comments looks a bit silly now in the light of the goals Tevev has scored since leaving United.

    And by the way, do you see a pattern emerging here?: Player decides he's leaving - club says they aren't going to give in to his demands etc. Yet, a week ago City were denying these Tevez wants to quit reports, but today, they appear to be trying label him as a money grabbing son of a bitch...

    Maybe, it is me that is wrong, but I honestly believe that United / Fergie screwed up the Tevez situation and him leaving our club wasn't JUST about money.

    Finally, I'm fairly certain that you won't find many Utd fans who question the worth of Tevez now and oh how they have been proven 100% wrong I am of course referring to his ability.

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  5. James,

    Well, I guess, it wasn't just about money. He lost his place in the squad; after that, his performance was bad at times; Fergie used him less etc

    As I said, he's a good player to say the least. But I think Fergie was talking more about the pain in the ass Carlitos is (was). Like: 'the way he behaves is not worth £25m'. Or 'fighting with him to make him stay? not worth it'. Maybe I'm wrong there, but the fact is that the Club had a new deal for him. He rejected it - and I'm ok with that. But I will never forgive him what he did afterwards. All the talking and lying and pretending and signing for MC (not least because of money)... He was a good player - but I just don't want to see such a person nowhere near the Club. That's why I'm still mad at Rooney, btw - but the way he behaves now leaves him a chance to get the benefit of doubt.

    "Player decides he's leaving - club says they aren't going to give in to his demands etc. Yet, a week ago City were denying these Tevez wants to quit reports, but today, they appear to be trying label him as a money grabbing son of a bitch..."

    Well, maybe. On the other hand, it doesn't negate that he asked for more money - which is quite confusing (or is it, really?), considering his recent comments ('football is all about money now... can't stand it.. blah-blah'). That's just the type of person he is.

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  6. Denis,

    I've had this argument with many a United fan and it usually ends in a very unsatisfactory score-draw: I think that is where we are at now - we will never agree on this.

    However, I take your points on board and I respect your opinions, but IMO, United simply handled the Tevez situation badly.

    I actually blame Fergie, because he must have had the choice to either sign Tevez or Berbatov and again IMO, he chose the wrong one; the club then tried to string Tevez along for another 12 months -during this period he became thoroughy pissed off and I'm certain signing Berbatov was the final straw, but again this is just my interpretation of how events unfolded.

    Regarding the Tevez comments about greed, I agree with you this is simply adds to the confusion.

    What I will say is we all know Gary Cook is not held in high regard by many who've had dealings with him and so it would come as no surprise if he's the one behind the latest claims about the player asking for more money.

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  7. "I've had this argument with many a United fan and it usually ends in a very unsatisfactory score-draw: I think that is where we are at now - we will never agree on this."

    Well, peace then :)

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  8. Fact: Tevez has made a habit of pledging his loylty, love and desire to stay forever ,,, not once not just twice ... im sorry but whose the revisionist now? Im not blue, but I wld have loved to be proved wrong by Tevez staying put, quiet and showing us what he can do on the field, not attract such off-field attention. Alas, too late 4 that ... Mikey

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  9. Mike,

    At the end of the day, we will never know what might have happened if Tevez had stayed at United. My opinions are just that, opinions - the same applies to you.

    What is beyond doubt, is the fact United would be in better shape if Tevez had stayed in terms of quality strength depth and IMO we would have won the league last season.

    My revivisionist jibe stands, because the United fans who doubted his worth have been proven 100% wrong.

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